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    How Fast Will Your TW Run

    On out trip to DC today I wound out my TW. We had about 10 miles of I81 interstate where the posted speed limit is 70 MPH. The fastest she will run is 79 MPH on flat land. I'm running a stock front sprocket and a 45 tooth rear. New tires (balanced), O-Ring chain.

    What I was most impressed with is the 241 Trail front tire. It is completely stable at high speeds unlike the 244 that scared me at 70 MPH. I also don't get the buzzing mirrors which means I can actually see behind me now.

    I finally found the perfect setup for ol' Ruth, and she is running like a top. Thanks to all of you who helped me become a backyard motorcycle mechanic.

    How fast is your TW?
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    I hit 60 mph (GPS) down hill in Moab on the paved road. 14 - 55 gearing. It like to run at 45 mph or slower.
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    I had mine up to a little over 80 on the way to Moab. In the back of my truck.

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    I used to see how my 89 with stock sprockets was running: if it would do 71 on on flat road it was fine. I had it in storage and put new tires 20/80 tires on it and it only does 65. I wonder if its the tires?
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    With a 45t sprocket I had mine over 70mph as indicated and the TW speedo. With the 55t sprocket I will cruise at 60mph.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TopPredator View Post
    What I was most impressed with is the 241 Trail front tire. It is completely stable at high speeds unlike the 244 that scared me at 70 MPH.
    I've had no problems with the TW31 front tire at 80+ either.

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    If I wind it out properly, mine will cruise at 60 and still have some throttle left. It can go 70, but complains. 45 tooth rear sprocket. I haven't looked at the front sprocket yet, but I believe it's 14 tooth.
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    I did 55 a couple times.
    Running 12HP at 70 seems like it would shorten engine life,
    How do they last at highway speeds?
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    Wife's=== 72.6mph
    Mine===72.3mph.
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    Dream-o meter===78mph..
    Normal===50mph..If we need speed we take the trump & the star. OMM.
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    72 here
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